I’ll give you a little insight into my writing these posts.  I write the majority of them in October and November.  Baseball’s slow then and it gives me time to backlog.  I tell you this because I want to be clear that when I wrote this post Alex Presley was a sleeper with everyday playing time coming his way in five months.  Whether that holds true through the offseason and Spring Training, me no psychic.  Me no grammar smartie either.  Any the hoo!  Last year Presley was the top earning dead celebrity…*checking notes*  That’s all wrong!  Presley had 4 homers and 9 steals with a .298 average.  Yay, maybe he can get a float in Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day parade with fellow Pittsburgh celebrities Porky Chedwick and Dan Cortese.  Wait, before we call Porky and Dan, Presley’s stats were only in 215 ABs.  Hmm, maybe he can get his own float.  Prior to his call-up, Presley had a solid half-season in Triple-A too — 8 homers, 22 steals in only 342 ABs.  Now I see why I was writing a sleeper post about this doode.  Grey does it again!  That’s the title of the first single off my album, “Touch of Grey (Don’t Sue Me, Jerry Garcia’s Estate).”  So what can we expect of Alex Presley for 2012 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

I have this feeling in my loins that he’s going to be a cheap Victorino.  (You ever notice how much I compare players to Victorino?  Will stink when comparing players to Victorino will actually be a negative, which could happen as early as next year the way his career is going.  Wait, why am I talking so much about Victorino?  Victorino and I should get a room!)  Presley’s light power didn’t just appear last year.  In 2010, he had 12 homers split between Double- and Triple-A.  His speed looks like it’ll max out at 22 steals, but there’s always hope for more.  Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.  The one major drawback is his lack of taking a walk.  Okay, there’s two drawbacks.  Playing time is key.  He needs to get it.  That’s why I opened this post with saying he was slotted to start when I wrote this.  If he gets 500 ABs, a line of 80/10/60/.270/20 isn’t out of the question with upside for more.  That’s a great deep league guy to draft very late or on the cheap.  If he’s platooning with some schmohawks, then he’s waiver wire fodder in most mixed leagues.

  1. based donce says:

    As a pirate fan, I’m confident that Presley will get the chance to play everyday. McClouth is the fourth outfielder/bench bat. If Presley struggles out of the gate I could see him losing a start here and there, but the bottom line is he’s a cost-controlled young player with some upside whereas McClouth is, well, McClouth. Presley is the kind of player the pirates will give every opportunity to succeed, while McClouth is there on a short-term deal as depth. Presley should be playing every day and hitting at the top of the order. I’m not overly excited about him because his minor league numbers prior to 2010 were pretty unimpressive, all of his success the last two years has been somewhat fueled by a high BABIP, and he’s somewhat old for a guy just breaking into the league, but I see him easily hitting your projection with upside for more.

  2. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:


    @Grey: @Steve: Going in for surgery on the 9th, actually. This will probably be the last entry I follow until late next week.

    Is getting rid of Zambrano the best move Epstein has made thus far with the Cubbies? Only semi-rhetorical.

    I was practically floored when I found out recently that Pabst is now a “cool” beer to drink. I’ve been drinking it since middle school, when I heard Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet proclaim, “Heineken? F*ck that sh!t! Pabst Blue Ribbon!” I won’t let the hipsters ruin it for me, though… PBR4Life.

  3. polczek5 says:

    which side do you like better (keeper league):
    Greinke and Stanton vs. Lincecum and Pence

  4. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:

    Isn’t it amazing that the Pirates have such great Outfielders and they don’t make a move to help their other weaknesses?

    Tabata, McCutchen, Presley in the majors with McLouth as a 4th. They have Starling Marte who is sure to break into the majors this year if he continues his current pace. Add in Josh Bell (switch hitting OF prospect), who they drafted in the 2nd round and threw a $5M signing bonus.

    I can’t see why they wouldn’t package 2 of these guys for a blue chipper… just my thoughts.

  5. Wake Up says:

    I don’t even think they are called scalpers at Pirates games. They are hair extensions…

  6. royce! says:

    Just did a mock on MDC for shizz and gizzards and was amazed how shallow SS is this year. Seems shallower than last year, which is nuts. I ended up with Hardy, whom I picked a lot earlier than I thought was merited, but knew there was very little after him. Cozart could come in handy this year, as you’ve explained, especially in deep leagues.

    The draft was kind of a silly exercise, considering how weird their rankings are so far.

  7. So, in a 14 teamer, would you keep A-Prez as a 20th rounder? I just might.

  8. pubscout says:

    grey – granderson/ackley v. bossman jr/gallardo. which side do you like? thanks.

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